The Starting Five: The to-do list for sports fans this week

May 13, 2012|By Brian Moore, RedEye


WWE Monday Night Raw

8 p.m. Monday, USA

It's been a good year for wrestling, from The Rock's return to Chicagoan CM Punk's reign. On Monday night, John Cena and Triple H continue get featured billing. And why not? Ratings have been up in recent weeks when these guys are prancing around the ring.


The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment

Available Tuesday.

Mixed-martial artists Chael Sonnen pens this "step-by-step guide to being a great human being and patriot." Seriously. Sonnen is one of the best trash-talkers in the UFC—if not all of sports—and if his writing is even half as entertaining as he is, this book is a must.


Philadelphia vs. Boston

6 p.m. Wednesday, TNT

Bulls fans, perhaps this series can satisfy your appetite for a little revenge. The 76ers ousted the Derrick Rose-less Bulls, but the Celtics are at mostly full strength, and they took Game 1 on Saturday.


Cubs vs. White Sox

1:20 p.m. Friday, Wrigley Field

The City Series, the Crosstown Classic, the Red Line Series, whatever you call it, the Cubs vs. White Sox interleague series is one of the best in baseball. Both teams might not be what you'd call "good," but that won't water down the battle of the North Side vs. the South Side.


Slaughter vs. Reading

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates

Come for the indoor football, stay for a birthday celebration for Sarge—the team's mascot—featuring fellow mascots. As for the Slaughter, they're on a three-game winning streak after losing six straight. You could call them a bunch of streakers.

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